Just a quick thought I'd like to get some feedback on. With Claiborne gone it's had me thinking about the probable lineup for next season, which I assume right now will be Simon and somebody else. Obviously Chavis will want to keep HB on the field, even if nothing more than a nickel/rover. And he should be on the field because of his knack for disruption. I am wondering if he will ONLY fill that role, or if he'll continue to be a true corner. 80% of the time, I'd be cool with that, but throughout this season I've seen examples here and there of his smaller stature being a bad matchup for us, and it was on display again in the BCS title game. I know McCarron made some great throws and their WRs made some killer grabs, but still, in general Mathieu is not the cover corner that Claiborne or even Simon or Brooks (imo) were. His skills as a ball-stripper are great, but there is such a thing as ball security, and when other team has it, especially with a big, physical receiver, HB is much less effective.
If HB is a primary corner, we'll be fine against most teams, but I believe he'll continue to struggle against elite receivers, especially if there's a QB who can hit some good throws. HB's measurables on the LSU website aren't much different from the other guys, but I have a feeling those are not quite accurate. So, does Chavis employ one of the younger guys (Vinson?) to step up and let HB remain free to roam, or does HB keep his spot as a primary CB? Clearly the coaches love him, and for good reason, but I'm just wondering how the coaches will see fit to keep the secondary at the level it's at right now without Claiborne handling the departed Peterson's role as "Stay The **** Away From My Side Of The Field" guy.